Did God send hurricanes to Houston and Florida as a form of judgment?
I think there are few better questions to ask ourselves:
1.) Are Houston and Florida full of greater sinners than us?
2.) Have you ever thought that by bringing the worst situation upon humanity, there emerges a deluge of goodness and overflowing charity toward each other as in loving your neighbor, perhaps that is what God want?
3.) Does it really matter?
In the Bible, some people were telling Christ about certain Galilaeans who suffered such things. Here is what Christ told them:
Luke 13:1-5 (KJV)
1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
People die all the time for different reasons. It doesn’t mean they died because of God judged them. Some were killed by others, does that mean they sinned a sin so great as to deserve an untimely death at hands of others? Not always. Some died because of a tower collapsing (perhaps an earthquake, Bible doesn’t say what caused it), were their sins so great as to deserve such judgment from God? No.
I do believe God is sovereign over everything, including climate changes. He is able to bring whatever He desires upon the people of Earth. He rains upon both unjust and just. He withholds rain from both groups as well. To not able to do that means He can’t be considered a Supreme Being anymore. Until God tells us otherwise in New Testament age, we should not take ferocious climate changes like hurricanes or a great deluge of flooding as a sign of God’s wrath. It could be just a part of going through seasonal changes, after all, we are indeed in hurricane season right now.
I do not mean that God never judges us on anything and will not use weather changes as a form of punishment. I do believe God is still a holy God who is righteous in meting out judgments upon us. It is just that we should not assume every disaster befall upon us is automatically God’s punishment. We need to remember this world is cursed because of sin and death entering the world, and that affects the rest of creation as well, not us only.
In the end, it does not really matter whether sending hurricanes after us is God’s way of judging us. What matters more importantly is Jesus saying except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. No matter what kind of death one experiences, to die without Christ is to spend eternity in Hell. Christ says to repent now before you die. You never know what is going to happen tomorrow, it could be your final day on the Earth. To repent is to acknowledge your sins and believe on the Son of God as your Savior. Christ is telling people who told him of unfortunate Galilaeans who suffered the indignity of being murdered even as they made their sacrifices at the Temple that they are to repent, otherwise everyone will receive the same fate no matter what disaster befell upon them.
I would urge everyone to take a moment and consider where their souls are going after death. It is a decision that will affect your final eternal destination. Be sure of where you are going and have peace with yourself in making the most important decision of your life.